Brush Script Lettering and Brush Lettering in Single Speed Stroke


Thursday 30 November


7pm - 10pm


$90.00 (includes your own OSNS type manual stacked with rare lettering specimens to keep, and tombow pen)


This fun taster class was the first in Melbourne, and for the last four years has introduced countless hesitant learners from all walks of life to the whole idea of hand lettering. You won't become an accomplished letterer in this short time, but you will get the necessary foundation as we break your bad writing habits and build good ones.Perfect for beginners, this class equips you with the essential skills to understand and create typography with flair and meaning. Plus you get your own unique 38 page book stacked with rare type specimens to keep!

What's included

The Unique OSNS Brush Script & Speedball Lettering Book Publication, printed on Luxurious Envirocare.
Speedball Nib & Ink
Tombow Pen
Morning Tea
Hip Hop


Old School New School
Abbotsford Convent, (Studio 1 A Mercator Building), 1 St Hellier St


Materials included


Please Note, unfortunately we are UNABLE to refund or transfer your fees, so we ask that you please choose carefully. We are happy for you to transfer your ticket to a friend though.

In depth

You will work with pen and ink using a round speedball nib, as well as a traditional brush pen to learn two styles: Brush Script lettering, which is the basis of a contemporary design language and Single Speed stroke. Both styles of lettering are interchangeable with both tools. Plus you get your own copy of our fantastic book  packed full of amazing original letter exemplars from the School’s collection of precious hand lettering books from the 1950’s and sixties to help you really shine. You won’t be able to get your hands on this wonderful book anywhere else! Having taught this style to countless students, it’s nice to know you are learning from trusted teaching professionals. The school director learned the technique in New York from influential Ken Barber of House Industries in 2014, and has been refining it ever since.

This 3-hour class is very doable and perfect for those who are new to typography, and designers who are looking to improve their typographic awareness, as well as those who need to switch off from the fast-paced digital world and immerse in something tactile and time-honoured. This introductory class is a key entry point for those who have entertained the idea of hand lettering and felt unsure about investing in a whole day or whole course. It is an ideal taster to a whole addictive world of letter crafting! This class cannot teach you everything, but it will get you started so that you can continue. Those who do so are now enjoying professional success, lettering professionally for special events, and clients.

Brush Lettering is an easy style to learn and with some practice you will be surprised at the speed of your progress !

In Depth

The traditional tool for Brush lettering and Brush Script is a regular pointed brush and paint. BUT first, we recommend that beginners start off using a brush pen. Just like trainer wheels, the brush pen is much easier to control. To be honest, digital natives who are not used to handling brushes can find the challenges of using a brush and paint daunting, and we want to build your confidence first. From our extensive experience having taught this skill to countless successful letterers,  first learning how to draw the letters curves and shapes is essential as it builds confidence and scaffolds your learning,  before dealing with the additional challenge of brush and paint.

You will be equipped with the essential skills to understand and create typography with flair and meaning which begins by grasping the componentry which is the basic strokes of Brush Script, which will allow you to gradually develop beautiful letterforms based on these strokes. You will be guided through handy tips and techniques to create the most ideal letters, in terms of weight, shape, space and visual pattern, equipping you to personalize the script to your taste and application. You will also enjoy seeing original examples of brush script to familiarize you with the colorful historical origins of this colorful technique (known as the Golden Age of Lettering), to give you a context of “why” you are using it.

The demand for authentic, analog custom lettering over fonts plucked from the computer is growing, providing instant brand recognition, saving designers time and money that illustrators cost. It starts with an unsurpassed typographic eye and a respect for the process, patience and time, in learning a skill which is the foundation to enable you to create dazzling custom letterforms.



OSNS is led by Veronica Grow who has taught Slow Typography using Calligraphic technique in New York at the leading School for Design – Parsons. She  has also studied lettering at the Cooper Union in New York with Ken Barber of the famous House Industries. She is often interviewed about Typography by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  She is Melbourne’s most experienced teacher of typographic arts and understands how people learn best. She has run Type classes at Old School New School since 2012 started her teaching life as a Design Lecturer at  RMIT and is the Program Manager for the School’s Type Design Program.

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